The reboot of ‘Charmed’ in the CW has faced criticism from fans and stars of the original series. However, but Shannen Doherty is here to offer her support!
Doherty portrayed Prue Halliwell in three seasons of the original drama. When asked about the reboot during a Q&A at Comic-Con Paris, she said:
“I have seen a lot of people be very mean and very negative and cruel to the new show and the new cast. I want to remind everybody that these are three girls who just want to act. They got a huge opportunity, and I would implore everybody to be a little bit kinder.”
Doherty took the time to explain that she thinks the show will be a “positive, good influence,” saying:
“This is a show about three strong women again… I know that it may not be your ‘Charmed,’ but you should all really pat yourselves on the back and congratulate yourselves, because you’re the most loyal, amazing fans in the world. And because of you, you made it a show that a younger generation wants to see.”
She also pointed out that the reboot could have positive implications for a new generation of viewers:
“You have to think about what ‘Charmed’ did for you when it was on and think about what that’s going to do for a new generation. Embrace it, you guys. It’s doing well, ratings-wise, and it’s employing over 200 people.”
While Doherty has been supportive of the reboot from the start, her former costars do not share her sentiment. Original ‘Charmed’ star Holly Marie Combs has been critical from the start. Following the announcement, she tweeted that ‘Charmed,’ “belongs to the four of us, our vast amount of writers, crews and predominantly the fans. You will not fool them by owning a title/stamp. So bye.”
Fellow original cast member Alyssa Milano called the reboot a “hurtful situation,” saying:
“It’s hard for us to see something that we loved so dearly then be taken from us in a way that had absolutely nothing to do with anything that we had done and created…. [T]he only reason why the show is able to have a reboot is because of the relationships we created.”
‘Charmed’ airs on The CW Sundays at 9/8c.